May 6

2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame Coming to Wollongong

Thursday 6 May 2021 10:00am

In a major coup for the Illawarra, the team behind International Women's Day Illawarra have secured 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame to speak at this year’s event, Friday 21 May at WIN Entertainment Centre. 

After being groomed and sexually assaulted by her maths teacher when she was just 15 years old, Grace Tame has spent the last 10 years turning her traumatic experience into being an advocate for survivors of child sexual assault and a leader of positive change.

Recognising the injustice of Tasmania’s gag order that prevented survivors from self-identifying publicly, Grace spent several months campaigning with #LetHerSpeak campaign. In 2019, she finally won the court order to speak out under her own name.

Now, 26 and based in Hobart, Grace is dedicated to eradicating child sexual assault in Australia, and supporting the survivors of child sexual assault.

Her focus is around enabling survivors to tell their stories without shame, educating the public around the process and lasting effects of grooming and working with policy and decision-makers to ensure we have a federal system that supports the survivors, not just perpetrators.

She is also a passionate yoga teacher, visual artist, and champion long-distance runner, having won the 2020 Ross Marathon in a female course record time of 2:59:31.

An open book about her experience, but even more passionate about preventing this from happening to other children, Grace speaks from the heart and will have her audience simultaneously inspired and in tears.

She is a regular keynote speaker, media guest and advocacy commentator.

Grace Tame joins Detective Superintendent Deborah ‘the gangbuster' Wallace, who will share jaw dropping true crime stories from her 36-year career with NSW Police, and Logie Award winning comedian Effie, who will remind us how important it is to laugh and plan for life in a post COVID world.

International Women’s Day Illawarra 2021

Friday 21 May 2021 at 11:00am

WIN Entertainment Centre


Get in quick before you miss out. Tickets available at   

  • Venues NSW
  • CommBank Stadium
  • McDonald Jones Homes Stadium
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Accor Stadium
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Sydney Football Stadium
  • WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre